West Yellowstone is a pretty good haul from Bozeman for an everyday trip to school. I had trouble walking the .5 mile to class every day.
MSU or UM would have been great schools to go to. The last time I was up there, my guide on the Yellowstone was a Tennessee transplant who had gone up there for school and stayed. I don't blame him. I love TN but Montana would have been a great place to spend my college years. For now I'll have to be content spending a few days up there in the Fall.